Palm Springs offers some of the most amazing hiking, and most of it is just minutes from the center of town. Whether you choose to just park roadside and take in the Lykken or Rimrock trails, or pay to visit the oases at Tahquitz Canyon or Indian Canyon, it’s important to be prepared as the temperatures get over 100 degrees. Travelers around the world love our “dry heat” but they also sometimes find themselves in trouble. Many have had to be airlifted to safety (or worse) after getting lost or running out of water. When the temperatures are over 100 degrees, consider shorter hikes and make sure to:
- Go out early, and be aware that heat stroke and dehydration can happen even at less then 100 degrees.
- Drink water an hour before hiking and bring lots of water with you. Take sips often and stay hydrated. Thirst is a sign of dehydration. Gatorade and other sports drinks are good as well.
- Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes and good hiking boots or shoes. Apply sunscreen on any skin that isn’t covered. Wear a wide brimmed hat.
- Always stay on the trail. Hikers that get into serious trouble are almost always off-trail.
- Bring energizing snacks like trail mix or energy bars.
- Carry a well-charged cell phone with you.
- Hike with a buddy, and let someone know where you will be hiking and what time you expect to return.
Finally, if you are an inexperienced hiker, or hiking with the family, the best bet is to take the Aerial Tramway up the mountain where it is much cooler at 8500 ft elevation. Safety rules apply there as well, but you are much less likely to run into trouble.